Friday, December 20, 2013

Tenure-track Asst. Professor Position, Printmaking

The University of Wisconsin--Madison has posted a position as Assistant Professor, Printmaking. This is a tenure-track position, starting end of August, 2014. MFA or equivalent required.
Deadline for applications: Feb. 7, 2014.
If you apply for positions like this, please post a comment to the blog to let us know how things worked out. 
Good luck!

Book Arts Adjunct Position

The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ has an opening for an adjunct professor to teach a course in Introduction to Book Arts for the Spring Semester, 2014. MFA and teaching experience required.

Note that the application deadline is coming up very soon.
Here are the posting details:


Book Arts Adjunct Professor


Mo 3:30PM - 4:50PM and 5:30PM - 9:20PM
Adjunct Position in Visual Arts: Book Arts
Job Title: Adjunct Position in Book Arts
Department: Art and Art History
Job Posted On: 
Job Start Date: 01/27/2014
Job Type: Part-Time
Job Status: Temporary- Spring semester
Search Type: Global Search 
Job Post ID: 


The College of New Jersey invites applications for a part-time Spring-semester Visual Arts adjunct position in the Department of Art and Art History. We seek a Visual Artist to teach a Book Art course. Date of appointment: January 2014- May 2014.

The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey is a highly selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the undergraduate residential experience and offers targeted graduate programs. The College's seven schools - The Arts and Communication; Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health and Exercise Science; and Engineering - offer degrees to nearly 7,000 students. With a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, TCNJ seeks to enroll approximately 1,375 entering, full-time freshmen each fall, 95 percent of whom live on campus.

Adjunct Position in Visual Arts: Book Arts

An introduction to Artist books designed to bring together students with differing backgrounds who approach this art in their own unique ways.  This is a projects-oriented course that involves students in the discussion, critique, planning, and design of books in a range of book-production media.  The course introduces terms, formats, book genres, design concepts, and production practices.  Examples of projects include wearable books, alternative book structures, Japanese bindings and Japanese design, Coptic binding, tunnel books, and creating books with foldouts.  It also includes the techniques and construction of a portfolio box. In addition, the final project gives each student the opportunity to plan and execute a book design project that reflects his or her particular interests.
Teaching load will be one course: Book Arts 

The College is located in close proximity to Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and New York City, NY.

Minimum qualifications:

1) Completed Master’s Degree in Fine Arts by the date of appointment.
2) At least two years of college level teaching experience.
3) CV indication exhibition record with 
4) Record of and/or promise for a scholarly and/or creative program commensurate with a highly competitive liberal arts college, such as regional, national and international exhibitions, book arts work in private collections, residencies and other indicators of your professional involvement in book arts.
The ideal candidate will have experience in all areas of book arts listed in the course description, be active in the discipline and have previous teaching experience relating to book arts.

Contact Information

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 10 images of your work, and contact information for three references electronically in PDF format to with the subject line: Book Arts Adjunct- "Applicant's last name." 
Only complete, electronic submissions will be considered. Although not required, examples of student work, and copies of previous syllabi may also be submitted for review. 
A review of applications will begin March January 6th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by January 6, 2014. Please direct further inquiries to: 

Visual Arts Search Committee 
Department of Art and Art History 
The College of New Jersey 
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mt. Airy Art Garage issues Call for Artists--Assemblage: Paper Works

The Mt. Airy Art Garage is calling for entries for a juried exhibit, Assemblage: Paper Works. They are looking for paper "works of sculpture, collage, book arts, constructions, installations, mobiles, drawing, print making, photography, painting and all experimentation." Open to all artists.
This organization nurtures and provides a venue for local independent artists; it's well worth your consideration and support.

Deadline for submission: 

January 4, 2014

For details and link to entry form:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

This just in from Washington D.C.

This year's White House Christmas card is a pop-up!

Please note, Colette Fu, Carol Barton, and all other moveable book fans!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Full Tilt Classes with Susan Mills, NYC

Fall bookbinding classes at Full Tilt in New York City:


  • Oct 20 10-4
  • Oct 26 10-1 
  • Oct 27 10-1
  • Nov 3 10-1

  • Vellum Ledger with Tackets
  • Phase Box with Mylar Spine
  • Cross Structure Book Variation
  • Adjustable/Collapsible Book Cradle

Register for individual classes or for the series.

Information and registration


University Settlement
273 Bowery 
New York City

Purgatory Pie Press Events

Tuesday, Oct 15 | 7pm
book signing and hands-on event
Midtown Scholar
Harrisburg PA
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013
Purgatory Pie Press will be the speakers at the annual
Friends of the Library event
Academy Room, Shadek-Fackenthal Library
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA

Refreshments 4:15 p.m.
Talk & Book Signing 4:45 p.m.
& hands-on Instant Book workshop
More information: 
Christopher Raab, 717-358-4225

For details and other events:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Two Open Positions at the Grolier Club

The Grolier Club of New York, America’s oldest and largest society of
enthusiasts in printing and the graphic arts, is seeking two talented,
motivated, enthusiastic, self-directed, and detail-oriented administrative
professionals to coordinate the Club’s distinguished 130-year-old series of
publications, and exhibitions.  


Since its founding the Grolier Club has published over five hundred books
and exhibition catalogues—some of them now the standard references in their
fields—on such subjects as photography, William Blake, Mayan writing,
Albrecht Dürer’s alphabet book, and the well-known “Grolier hundred”
selections in literature, science, and medicine. Many of the publications
have been printed and designed by the leading book artists and typographers
of the past and present, including Theodore Low De Vinne, D. B. Updike,
Bruce Rogers, Stanley Morison, Joseph Blumenthal, the Mardersteigs, and
Jerry Kelly.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Director, the Publications Manager will 

•       Oversee the daily operations of a program producing seven to ten
titles a year, including checklists, catalogues, monographs, and periodicals

•       Lead initiatives in the design and implementation of digital
applications pertaining to the Club’s publications and communications,
including acting as webmaster for the Club’s website
•       Communicate with Grolier Club member curators and others about
publications relating to Club exhibitions and other activities, enforcing
deadlines and maintaining form and content standards
•       Edit for press those publications bearing the Grolier Club imprint
•       Act as liaison to contributors, authors and others involved in the
editorial process of non-Club publications 
•       Communicate with the Club’s distributor about inventory and
marketing of Grolier Club publications to non-members
•       Oversee the Administrative Assistant in fulfilling publications
orders from Grolier Club members
•       Act as primary staff liaison to the Grolier Club Committee on
Publications, assisting the chair of that committee with the preparation of
monthly and annual reports, among other duties
•       Serve as chief editor of the annual Gazette of the Grolier Club, and
the annual Club “Yearbook,” soliciting contributions, evaluating and editing
submissions, and overseeing production


•       Advanced degree in a relevant area of the humanities, or equivalent
•       3-5 years of related print and web editing experience, ideally in an
academic or scholarly environment
•       Excellent writing and organizational skills
•       Proven negotiation and project management skills
•       Demonstrated experience using standard computer word processing and
design programs, and web editing tools 
•       Strong interpersonal skills
•       Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment with
multiple and conflicting priorities

A background in bibliography and/or book history is desirable.

Salary from $65,000, depending on experience. Compensation package includes
15 days paid vacation, retirement plan through TIAA/CREF, and comprehensive
health/dental care.

Send résumé, cover letter, and the names of three references to:

Publications Manager Search Committee
The Grolier Club 
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022 

Email applications (to are preferred. Applications
received prior to October 15 will be given first consideration.  

More information on the Grolier Club and its programs can be found on our


The Club was one of the first organizations in America to treat books and
prints as objects worthy of display, and since 1884 the Club has mounted
more than eight hundred exhibitions on topics ranging from Blake to Kipling,
from chess to murder mysteries, from Japanese prints to Art Nouveau posters.

Reporting to the Director, and in consultation with the Committees on Public
Exhibitions and Members’ Exhibitions, the Exhibitions Manager administers
all aspects of the Grolier Club’s programs of public exhibitions (four
annually) and members’ exhibitions (five annually), including registration,
preparation/setup, and PR.   

Duties & Responsibilities   

•       Registration, including requesting loans from other libraries or
individuals for public exhibitions; all correspondence related to the loan
of material; processing of loan, insurance and transportation forms. 
•       Preparation and support, including maintaining and coordinating
calendars for the Public Exhibitions and Members’ Exhibitions programs;
advising curators on exhibition procedures and design; assisting in the
editing and revising of catalogue texts and exhibition label copy;
supervising and participating in exhibition set-up; maintaining supplies of
exhibit materials; creating and maintaining guidelines and standards for
curators of Grolier Club exhibitions. 
•       Public Relations, which includes working with the Club’s PR
consultant in the creation and/or editing of printed and online press
releases; and development of public relations strategies. Duties in this
area also include maintaining mailing and press contact lists; assembling
and distributing press packets; maintaining and sending updates to email
distribution lists; updating the exhibitions pages of the Grolier Club
website, and posting to the Club’s Facebook page and other social media as

This position supervises one part-time conservator on an as-needed basis,
and oversees a corps of member volunteers in all aspects of exhibition


•       Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the humanities. 
•       3-5 years of relevant experience in the preparation, mounting, and
promotion of exhibitions of rare materials, in an academic or scholarly
•       Excellent writing and organizational skills.         
•       Proven negotiation and project management skills. 
•       Demonstrated experience using standard computer word processing, web
editing, and design tools.
•       Experience in the creation of online exhibitions. 
•       Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment with
multiple and conflicting priorities. 

A background in bibliography and/or book history is desirable.   

Salary from $65,000, depending on experience. Compensation package includes
15 days paid vacation, retirement plan through TIAA/CREF, and comprehensive
health/dental care.

Send résumé, cover letter, and the names of three references to:

Exhibitions Manager Search Committee
The Grolier Club 
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022 

Email applications (to are preferred.
Applications received prior to October 15 will be given first consideration.

More information on the Grolier Club and its programs can be found on our

Eric  Holzenberg
The Grolier  Club
47 East 60th  Street
New York,  NY  10022
phone:  212/838-6690 ext. 1
fax:  212/838-2445

Monday, August 12, 2013

Philadelphia Center for the Book Special Call for Entries: Bibliophiladelphia

What have you been up to lately? Show everyone what you've got!

Philadelphia Center for the Book is seeking member artists to participate in
Bibliophiladelphia, an exhibition at the Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of
Philadelphia. This exhibition will take place from November 4, 2013 – January 3, 2014.
This show will coincide with Book Paper Scissors on November 23rd, our annual book
sale at the FLP.


Members are invited to submit new work to represent the impressive quality and variety of art that comes from PCB’s member artists. Applicants are encouraged to submit up to
three books, prints, or any other form of art. All work must be ready to hang or display.
The exhibition will be on display on the second floor in the cases and on the walls outside the Art and Print and Pictures Departments. The display cases are 56” wide, 26” deep, and 6” high. 
While submissions are open only to members of Philadelphia Center for the Book, anyone may become a member upon submission. There is no fee to submit.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must include the following and should be mailed to Philadelphia Center forthe Book or emailed to
 Application form:
 Images of each submitted piece (up to 3 entries per member)
 CV/ résumé
 Membership form and check, if applicable

Important Dates

Submissions due: September 20, 2013
Selection notification via email: October 4, 2013
Art Due: October 25, 2013 by mail, or November 2, 2013 by hand delivery
Show opens: November 4, 2013
Opening Reception: November 7, 2013
Show closes: January 3, 2014


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Call for Submissions: 4th Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize and Exhibition

Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize

From the administrator of the Prize:

The Prize is now in its fourth edition and has grown significantly with each incarnation. I am writing to book artists and organisations in selected countries focusing upon those areas from where we have had fewer entries to encourage you to enter. The Prize is free to enter and all books submitted are shown in an eight-week exhibition and will feature in online and Print catalogues. The aim of the Prize is both to promote artist's books and to encourage participation in terms of making and exhibiting/showing/facilitating research. Bank Street Arts is an unfunded independent arts charity and the Prize is built on that ethos, although we have secured both funding and sponsorship for the Prize itself this time round to allow us to make it a truly international event. 

You can find out more about the Prize at:
and more about Bank Street Arts at:

Book Arts Residency

Book Arts Residency
J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah 

In July 2012, the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah received an internal grant to initiate a Book Arts Residency.

Often, book arts is associated with fine press or precious books. Through this residency program we are excited to push the boundaries of book arts and open it up to everything from fine press printing to simple books made from a single sheet of paper. At the culmination of the residency, each artist will contribute copies of work created to be housed in the University of Utah's Special Collections Department, and for exhibition purposes. Additionally, the residency program and resident artists will be featured in a juried show to be held in conjunction with the 2014 College Book Arts Association national conference.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, this is a first come-first served selection process and spaces are limited so acceptance is not guaranteed. All skill levels are encouraged to apply; no printing or binding experience is required. Upon acceptance, artists will be granted one semester's access to the Book Arts Program studio during extended business hours, be allotted brief consultation periods with highly trained staff, and have access to all equipment as approved, based on experience. There is no housing stipend for this residency.

For more information or to request an application, please contact the Book Arts Program Grants and Outreach Coordinator, Laura Decker at:, or (801) 585-9191

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Opening: Conservator and Head of Conservation Services

Opening posted on the Book Arts Listserv:

The Mary R. & Elizabeth K. Raymond Conservator and
Head of Conservation Services
Stanford University Library, 
Stanford, CA

Under the direction of the Head of the Preservation Department, the Head of Conservation Services plans, directs, and executes the daily activities of the unit, supporting the needs for both special and general collections across Stanford University Libraries (SUL). The Conservation Services Unit consists of the conservation laboratory and book repair, with staff of 4 FTE, plus hourly workers and students. The laboratory treats mainly special collection materials, with the book repair unit performing repairs on the general collections as well as providing re-housing services for all material types. The Head of Conservation Services will be responsible for redesigning protocols and workflows and for implementing technical tools to mitigate the operational complexities resulting from the 9/1/2013 move of the Unit seven miles from campus.  The Head of Conservation Services is responsible for managing Conservation Services as it responds to campus teaching and research priorities.

Full job description and application information at <>

Central Booking Reopens in NYC

Central Booking, a gallery focusing on artist's books and the intersection of art and science, closed its Brooklyn location last winter. Its new gallery will open fully on September 12 on the Lower Eastside. A "major celebration" will take place then from 6-9 pm. 
In the meantime, the artist's book gallery opened on June 13, and is showing familiar and new work. This has always been a worthwhile stop in Brooklyn for book artists; no doubt the new location will be equally fascinating. 
Watch this blog for updates.

21 Ludlow Street (between Hester and Canal Streets)New York, NY 10002
Hours: Thursday- Sunday, 12-6pm 
Note: As of this writing, the web site has no information about the move and reopening at the new location. 

Call for Entries: Juried Exhibition

ABZ etcetera

Juried Exhibition

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, CA
September 12 - October 19, 2013

Call for work that explores the use of letters, numbers, symbols, characters, text, books, calligraphy but also images of graffiti, murals and letter envelopes.

Open to all media.

Non-refundable Entry Fees:

SCA Members $15 per entry or 3 entries for $35 (membership is $40 annually)
Non-members $20 per entry or 3 entries for $50
Awards: $200 Best of Show, $50 Coordinator’s Award, Merit Awards 


  • Open to all artists living in the USA.
  • All work must be original (no giclees of drawings, paintings or prints) and not previously shown at SCA.
  • Maximum of 3 entries per artist.
  • Work can be wall hung, free standing, pedestal mounted.
  • Work can be suspended if weight is below 25 lbs.
  • All work must fit through a 6’x6’ doorway (105” on diagonal).
  • Wall-hung work over 60” in any direction, or over 35 lbs. in weight must be submitted by jpeg image on CD for jurying.
  • Free-standing work may not exceed 114’’ in height. However, free-standing work over 36’’ in any direction, or over 50 lbs., must be submitted by jpeg for jurying.
  • Video and film must be submitted as a DVD in loops no longer than 4 minutes and selected artists must supply own equipment for display.
  • Performance artists must submit a DVD up to 4 minutes and need to display the video in loops and participate in an evening of live performance art.


Work for this exhibit will be selected from the actual artwork, or digital images.

Download Prospectus:

Apply Online:

Visit website:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Call for entries: Juried Exhibit

EcoEditions at 23 Sandy Gallery

Deadline: September 7, 2013 at Midnight PST (ONLINE)

23 Sandy Gallery

Portland, Oregon
November 15 - December 28, 2013

23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present EcoEditions, a juried exhibition open to national and international artists.


– EcoEditions asks the question: can books save the world? Can artist books raise consciousness, create awareness or change thinking? Let’s use our powers as stewards of the earth to report on the state of our environment, ecology, sustainability, pollution, climate, recycling and our planet in general. 


 – This exhibit is open to handmade book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, and broadsides are all encouraged. Despite the confusing title, this show is open to both limited edition and unique or one-of-a-kind works. We are simply using Editions as a synonym for the word "book."

Size Limitations 

 – All works are limited to 24 inches in any direction when displayed. 


– This exhibit will be juried by Cara List, the Art and Art History Librarian at the University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library.


– Three artists will receive Best of Show Awards, winners are selected upon installation of the show. In addition, we will also award the Library Purchase Prize. The winning work or works will be purchased by the gallery and donated to the Artists' Book Collection at the University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library.

Display of Books

– This exhibition will be displayed at 23 Sandy Gallery. We feel very strongly that artist books need to be handled to be fully appreciated. Handi-Wipes are provided for gallery customers along with a friendly word about proper book handling. The artist can decide if books accepted in the show can be handled or not. Handling information will be requested upon acceptance to the show. If your book is an edition you are welcome to send a display copy. 

Online Submission Period 

– EcoEditions online entry submission period opens and the online entry form will be posted on website on July 9, 2013. All submissions will be made online. 


– A $25 non-refundable entry fee covers up to three works and is payable upon submission. Just to clarify, the entry fee covers one, two or all three works, it is not a per work fee. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You do not need a Paypal account to pay via credit card. 

Visit website for complete prospectus:

Contact: Laura at 23 Sandy with Questions
Phone: 503-927-4409

23 Sandy Gallery
623 NE 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon

Artist in Residence Program, Florida Atlantic University

Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program


Jaffe Center for Book Arts 

Florida Atlantic University
Wimberly Library
Boca Raton, FL
Spring 2014

The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program funds two working residencies for artists each academic year at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, in the fall and spring semesters. Artists working in the book arts (and other media, too, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply for this prestigious and competitive award. We accept applications from artists from all over the world.

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts revolves around a core collection of artists' books and its educational mission focuses on all aspects of the book arts, including hand papermaking and paper decoration, letterpress printing and alternative print techniques, and bookbinding in its traditional form as well as contemporary book structures.

Poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg established the Salzberg AIR Program in 2011. Income from this endowed fund enables artists working in the book arts to come to the Jaffe Center on a semester basis to work and teach at the center. While here, the artist will produce a creative project using JCBA studios and also teach a workshop for FAU students and the general public and mentor FAU students as his or her schedule allows. The Salzberg AIR Program gives our students the opportunity to work alongside highly talented and creative book artists.

Two residencies will be awarded each academic year: one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The Artist in Residence (AIR) selected each semester will get his or her own office at JCBA and full use of the JCBA studios (papermaking, letterpress and book studios). The artist's residency will last for 12 weeks, though shorter or longer residencies may be accommodated as needed. In the application process, if an artist has a particularly ambitious creative project in mind, the artist may apply for a residency that would encompass two semesters. Should the two-semester residency be awarded in this case, the artist would be expected to teach one workshop in each semester.

At this time, until the endowment for the program is fully funded, the AIR receives a stipend of $3,000 for the semester.


Artists who wish to compete for consideration for this prestigious opportunity must submit their application and support materials for review by a JCBA panel comprised of book artists and book arts enthusiasts. Your application packet must be submitted via post or delivered in person to JCBA and should include the following:

1. Completed application, or suitable cover letter that supplies the same information requested on the pdf.
2. Brief narrative of the creative project you envision.
3. Brief narrative of the workshop you would like to teach.
4. Current resume.
5. Any support materials you care to include: we welcome images of your work, sketches for the creative project, video... be creative and have fun.

Download Application: AIR_Application.pdf

Visit website for full details:

The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Wimberly Library, Room 350/ 3rd floor east
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road 
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: 561.297.0226

Rust Belt Rising Almanac at FLP Author Events

The Head & The Hand Press is a recent addition to Philadelphia's craft publishing scene. They will present a panel discussion with the editorial team and contributors to their latest project, Rust Belt Rising Almanac, at the Main Library on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

For details on the event, see:

For more information on The Head & The Hand Press, see:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Senior Conservator post open at Penn State

This opening was posted on the Book_Arts Listserv:

Senior Book Conservator

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks an experienced and talented Senior Book Conservator to expand its conservation program, first initiated in 2005.  The Libraries has received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support this program and fund the position.  The funding received from the Mellon Foundation includes $1 million in permanent endowment funds and $250,000 to establish the new position while the University Libraries raises matching funds for the endowment, which will support the position permanently.

Reporting to the Head of the Digitization and Preservation Department, the conservator will provide leadership for the conservation unit in item-level treatment of paper-based rare and special collection materials in consultation with curators, archivists, and collection managers.  We seek a conservator with professional expertise in bound materials with additional expertise in related areas such as maps, prints, drawings, manuscripts on paper, photographs, and other library and archival materials.  This is a senior-level position requiring extensive professional experience, preferably in a research library environment.  The Senior Book Conservator will be located at Penn State University Park in State College, PA, but will care for collections residing at all Libraries locations. The position will be filled either as a tenure-line or fixed-term faculty librarian position, depending upon the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate.


Conservation Treatment - Plans, documents, and executes complex and intermediate conservation treatments on rare and special collection materials held throughout the University Libraries on all campuses in accordance with accepted standards and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.  Examines and creates full written and photographic treatment documentation.  Coordinates workflow of treatments to the conservation unit.  Manages and plans upgrades of the conservation facilities.  Selects, tests, orders, and maintains specialized equipment and tools. Participates in disaster response, recovery, and salvaging operations.

Management - Develops policies and procedures in the conservation of materials based on careful consideration of resources, collection context, and use patterns.  May train, supervise, or coordinate the work of others whether project-based or permanent staff.  Works closely with curators, archivists, and collection managers in the selection and treatment of collections. Conducts condition surveys of collections including conservation aspects of exhibits or digitization.  Manages outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be performed in-house.  Collaborates with librarians and administrators in fund-raising efforts to support the conservation program.

Outreach - Contributes to the conservation profession in the areas of specialization through service, research, and presentations.  Stays current with conservation issues and practices through research, professional conferences, workshops, or similar activities.  Serves as a technical expert and educational resource for library staff, to the University, to other institutions and regional cultural heritage communities, and to the public.  Organizes and presents workshops for library staff or external audiences.  Answers conservation-related questions; hosts tours of the conservation labs.

Required Qualifications:

MLS from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent), a master's degree in conservation, or completed equivalent apprenticeship training with an established conservator.
Extensive professional experience with demonstrated knowledge of the materiality and history of books, paper, and related library materials.  Detailed understanding and high-level experience of relevant conservation theory and practice as well as knowledge of chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library collections.  Understanding of and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation.
Demonstrated ability to perform complex and intermediate conservation on a broad range of library materials.
Demonstrated ability to train, provide instruction, and supervise staff; plan, organize and direct workflow; plan and organize physical space.
Demonstrated ability to contribute of the profession through service, research, and presentations.
Commitment to foster teamwork and diversity in the workplace.

5 or more years of professional experience.
Experience in grant writing and/or fund-raising.

The Pennsylvania State University serves as the land grant institution for Pennsylvania, incorporating a strong outreach mission into its instructional and research activities. The Penn State University Libraries advances intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s 96,000 students and 6,000 faculty. Penn State ranks among the top ten research libraries in North America according to the Association of Research Libraries Expenditure Index.

In fiscal year 2011-12 the Libraries annual budget totaled approximately $51 million and the market value of our endowment stands at $36.1million. Penn State Libraries actively participates in the initiatives of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and our librarians are national leaders in their respective fields. As the largest public mission Library in the northeastern region of the United States, we are also the most geographically dispersed, with physical collections at each of Penn State’s 24 campuses found in all regions of Pennsylvania. For many citizens of Pennsylvania their regional Penn State campus houses their nearest library.

Established 153 years ago, the Penn State University Libraries and its librarians have endeavored to build rich collections in all disciplines. Our users have access to 5.8 million volumes, 117,000 electronic journals, and 200,000 e-books. The Eberly Family Special Collections Library holds 200,000 printed volumes, 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and a million non-book items.  Significant special collections include German literature and manuscripts, Pennsylvania-German broadsides, fraktur, and religion materials, fragile prints by the graphical artist Lynd Ward, and letters of Ernest Hemingway, among many others. In addition, collections of distinction are found throughout the Libraries on all campuses.  As one of four Resource Libraries for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Libraries receive funding from the Commonwealth to support the acquisition of and statewide access to our collections. This status, as well as our land grant history, drives us to give special attention to outreach and sharing of our expertise around the state, especially in the area of preservation.  Preservation was formally recognized as a library unit by the University Libraries in July 1990 and services to safeguard and treat library collections in all formats.  By July 2006 the department name was changed to Digitization and Preservation in recognition of the technological changes affecting libraries and the need to digitize collections for enhanced access and preservation.  For more on the Digitization and Preservation Department see: <>.

Compensation and Rank:  This position will be filled as either tenure-line or fixed-term faculty appointment dependent upon experience and interests of the successful candidate.  Salary and rank commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, resumé, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Search Committee, The Pennsylvania State University, Box CONSR-PADG, 511 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802. Applications and nominations may also be sent to <>.  Please reference Box CONSR-PADG in the email subject line.  Review of candidates will begin on June 28, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.

Lindsey A. Harter
Faculty Services and Training Coordinator, Libraries Human Resources
The Pennsylvania State University - University Libraries
511 Paterno Library
University Park, PA  16802
Telephone: 814-863-4949
Fax: 814-863-5592